kate5kiwis: el cheapo mediterranean feast INCLUDING dessert "...it's CHOCOLATE. need i say more?" (movie line)


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

el cheapo mediterranean feast INCLUDING dessert "...it's CHOCOLATE. need i say more?" (movie line)

sometime last week all of our Fun Day Plans just weren't happening... it was monday, i think... and the lads were getting rather pinked out. so at two o'clock, we had a BRAINWAVE. we'll take twenty bucks to the shops and grab stuff for a FAMILY FEAST NIGHT!!!

the rules being:
*that we are feeding our six peeps for dinner
*and an extra four peeps for dessert
*we have to make everything on the cheap from scratch
*the extra ingredients can be got from the $20 stash.

FIRST - we dreamed up the dinner menu:

then the lads decided who is TOP CHEF for each course:

Mouse: ENTREE: veggie sticks and homemade hummus
soak 2 c chick peas in boiling water for an hour (while you're at the shops)
rinse, add fresh water and pop into pressure cooker for 20 mins.
cool. drain. pile into blender with large teaspoon tahini, juice of 2 lemons, swish lime-infused avocado oil, 2 cloves garlic, tsp salt... it makes HEAPS! - enough for the whole week lol.

Slash: MAIN COURSE: beef and cumin kebabs on toasted almond couscous with greek yoghurt on the side
soak the kebab sticks in water, mix tsp cumin and tsp coriander powder into the 700g minced beef. make sausage-y shapes and gently thread onto sticks. grill, gently turning until cooked, about 15 mins. soak 2 c couscous in 2 c boiling water for ten mins. stir toasted almonds into the couscous (have a nearly-fire, open the windows and doors... and perform a rescue with the other half packet of almonds)

Charlie: DESSERT: Chocolate Five Star Cakes (cos there are 5 ingredients lol)

(cos we saw a recipe for 1-1-1-1 cake on the telly last week and decided to modify it. here's our recipe, cos we're definitely gonna wanna make it again)
1 c self raising flour
1 c coconut
1 c sugar
1 c milk
1/3 c cocoa
mix together and spoon into 12 muffin tins to make little chocolate puddings.
bake 180 celsius for 20 - 30 mins until springy.
eat drizzled with choc sauce - 125g dark choc melted with 125 ml cream.
and a scoop or two of *french vanilla* icecream on the side. delish.


Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

how fun :)

and I like one of your cheifs head band :)


11:31 AM  
Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

All that sounds amazing... especially the little chocolate puds. I love the infused avacado oils, sometimes I just stick my fingers into a puddle of it so I cna lick it off. The sock dude is going slowly, it took us til the weekend to find a good enough pair of socks! Flat out making beanies at the moment with a group of Yr 8s off to Stewart Island on Monday.

1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your family is so CUTE! Love this idea for a "feast night". How fun would that be?! Well by looking at these pics, a lot!
So much love and life in your household Katie. You must be the proudest Momma around.

Btw, your little blonde with the freckles...looks and smiles just like my youngest! They could be twins.


4:46 PM  
Blogger Maddi said...

Hehe thanks for the comment =]
All that food looks yummmm. I'm jealous. I'm just making nachos for tea and being a nice little child for mother dearest =D
I am probably going to sell those boots to the Recycle Boutique soon =[ I barely ever wear them and they are a tad too big for me, so I want some money from them so I can *finally* start saving towards an iPod.
I checked out the AnyOne Girl site you told me about and it's awesome. I love blogs like that, they help give me inspiration =]
Check out this blog: http://tavi-thenewgirlintown.blogspot.com
She's probably the coolest 12-year-old I've ever come across. I read her site and then wanted to make my own!


4:57 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

how fun :)

i love Cakes too

for billy in nz

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Kate Mills said...

Yum. Cool feast!!

7:39 PM  
Blogger Rosie said...

I am ALWAYS inspired by your foodie posts.....it all looks so yummy! We made your berry yummy cheesecake from many posts ago, not long ago.......we're gonna make it again cos it was delish! Thanks for sharing.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

When your restaurant opens to the public please reserve me a table. I'll arrive prompt!

10:32 PM  
Blogger Barb the Evil Genius said...

You guys are such gourmets. I'm ashamed to say I'm a picky eater. But at least I can try to have an appetite for life! :)

1:08 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

lol, the lads've been wearing this year's canteen bandannas heaps! woozie has a massive stash of bandannas that she's been collecting for years that she's thinking of turning into a quilt! X

your BEANIE buzz sounds FANTASTIC!
yes, chocolate always goes down a treat! X

well, i have been wondering on occasion if you'n'i are twins lol, so i guess it stands to reason that a couple of our kids are rather similar! X

yes, i peeped at tavi's blog from your first post. she's really awesome! and twelve - jeez louise!!!
go you saving for an iPod - mine is about to get the hammer, it is not behaving AT ALL - and i'll get a cheapie from Dick Smith instead. (roight, let's see if THAT threat works and it starts reloading my new playlists lol)
mwah X

the recipe and ingredients for your flapjacks are still sitting on my bench! i have been busy making Birthday Cake with Mousey for tomorrow!!! X

yum back atcha. love Merlot's newest pseudonym! X

i am inspiring *you*? WOAH NELLY! i still have your screeds of handwritten recipes from the back of beyond, now THAT'S inspiring X

you're on! X

this food is really friendly. it's just meat and salady bits - and CHOCOLATE! seriously! i think you'd love it! X

7:13 PM  
Blogger Ang said...

This is the kind of stuff that I was talking about the other day to you... everyday is party day at your place, there is always some kind of occasion being cooked up - I love the way the kids are always involved in the whole process. You rock mama! x

9:40 PM  

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